The White Sox hit three homers on Monday as they rallied to beat the Dodgers 5-2 at Camelback Ranch. Despite receiving the loss, Hyun-Jin Ryu earned his spot on the Dodgers rotation after rehabbing for two years after shoulder surgery.
Melky Cabrera drew first blood in the top of the first inning when he hit a solo home run off of Ryu. Ryu tried to throw a curveball in a 1-1 count, but left it up in the zone and Cabrera made him pay. He turned on the pitch and hit it into the all-you-can-eat-pavilion behind left field.
Yasmani Grandal drove in the Dodgers’ only runs of the game with a two-run single in the bottom of the first inning. He hit it back to the mound and into center field. After Grandal’s single, the Dodgers went 0-6 with runners in scoring position.
The White Sox re-took the lead in the fourth inning. Ryu retired the first two batters he faced, then allowed a two-out single to Matt Davidson and a two-run home run to Yolmer Sanchez. Ryu was trying to get ahead in the count by throwing a fastball, but he missed his target and threw the ball too high. Sanchez turned on the pitch and hit it into the lawn-seating over the right field wall.
The Sox added to their lead in the sixth and eight innings. In the sixth inning with Todd Frazier at third, Davidson hit a deep fly ball to Franklin Gutierrez in left field. It was deep enough for Frazier to score and the White Sox had a 4-2 lead. The Sox added one more run in the eighth inning on a home run by Frazier. He was given a fastball by Andrew Istler and crushed it over the left-field wall.
The Dodgers have split-squad action on Tuesday. Alex Wood will fight for the final spot in the Dodgers’ rotation against the Reds at Goodyear Ballpark. The game will start at 1:05 pm PT. Julio Urías will pitch for the Dodgers against the Padres at Camelback Ranch. The young left-hander will likely start the season in extended Spring Training as the Dodgers are hoping to limit his innings. The game will start at 1:05 pm PT. It will be broadcasted on the radio on AM 570 LA Sports.